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Date Posted: 4/21/2011 3:32 PM ET
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OK I picked up Fired Up the other day only to find out that its part of a series written by three different writers only its really the same writer. Seriously I really want to know why? Has anyone else read the whole ARCANE SOCIETY series and thank that there is really a distinction on her writing that she needs to write under three different names. Does she actually change how she writes under each name or is she just trying to confuse us readers.

Here is what I came up with for a reading list is this the right way to read the series or is there a better way:

Second Sight (Book 1):: Amanda Quick

White Lies (Book 2)::Jayne Ann Krentz

Sizzle and Burn (Book 3) ::Jayne Ann Krentz

The Third Circle (Book 4):: Amanda Quick

Running Hot (Book 5):: Jayne Ann Krentz

The Perfect Poison (Book 6) :: Amanda Quick


Dream Light Trilogy

Fired Up (Book 7):: Jayne Ann Krentz

Burning Lamp (Book 8):: Amanda Quick

Midnight Crystal (Book 9)::Jayne Castle


Looking Glass Trilogy

In Too Deep Up (Book 10):: Jayne Ann Krentz

Quick Silver ::Amanda Quick

Canyons of Night::Jayne Castle

I'm probably going to read Fired Up, The Burning Lamp, Midnight Crystal now in that order because they say to on the book but do the others have a  special order too.  Are the first 6 broken up into trilogy's too or just her later ones. 

Anyone who's read the series and has any input on it would be great.

Date Posted: 4/21/2011 4:23 PM ET
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The reason Jayne Ann Krentz writes under different names is because each name is a different romance genre.  Amanda Quick writes historicals.  Jayne Ann Krentz writes contemporaries.  Jayne Castle writes futuristic/paranormal books.  Yes, they are all the same writer but if you pick up a book written by Amanda Quick you know the book is historical.  Also I believe that Jayne Castle is actually her maiden name and Krentz is her married name.  That is why some of her early books say Jayne Castle.  With the Arcane Society series you actually don't need to read all of the them.  I have not read any of the Amanda Quick books and don't have any problems following the storyline.  Although I have read the rest of the books in order.

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 10:10 AM ET
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I love her books - under any and all names!  Earlier she also used Jayne Taylor, Jayne Bentley, and Stephanie James.  But now, she sticks the primary 3 mentioned that each represent the specific genre.

My favorites are the Arcane and Curtain/Harmony series.  She's got a great imagination.

Last Edited on: 4/22/11 10:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/7/2011 10:57 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2011
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I'm with you guys!  I've been reading her for years, and I love anything/everything she writes. She has said that when she first started to write paranormals (they weren't called that years ago), people ran in the other direction to keep from buying them. The same thing also happened to Ann Maxwell/Elizabeth Lowell. In the 1980s she wrote some of the best science fiction/fantasy I've read. They won awards, yada, yada, and didn't sell enough. That's when she started writing romance and suspense with her husband.